Nov 012008

Eight and Lucie are back! Yay! If you’re a fan of Top Gear, like I am, you’ll get an extra kick out of last week’s adventure, Max Warp. Quick, though. It’s only available for a few more hours.

Tomorrow’s episode, Brave New Town, will be online after it’s been broadcast, through all of next week.

BBC Radio 7 Programmes – Doctor Who

Oct 212008

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why comments are off on my last post, nor how to fix them. So comment here, if you have something to say about KRF or Sir Percival or whatever.

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Oct 212008

It’s that time of year again, folks! Yup, you guessed it: I have made my annual pilgrimage to Carvershire and been to King Richard’s Faire.

Sheriff Glenn Feeldenstreme still patrols the village with his ale tankard balanced atop his bald head. The smell of horse manure and pine needles and roasted turkey legs still blend into sweet perfume. There are still pirates and wenches and mud-covered beggars and knights on horseback. And, of course, a whole lot of very silly song and dance numbers.

But this year was special. And I am glad beyond imagining that we chose to go Sunday, on the last day of the season this year. Because this year, in honor of Richard Weber’s 30th year in the renfaire biz, the cast and crew of KRF threw together a little to-do in his honor, and Andy and I and our friend Kate were in the audience when they snuck up on him with it.

“Who’s Richard Weber?” I hear you ask. Rick is KRF’s costume designer and wardrobe master, at which he frankly excels. He’s also the Lord High Chancellor, Sir Percival Degagé. The single funniest renfaire character (IMHO) ever invented.

That photo, right there, which I took Sunday, is something of a special occasion all by its lonesome, really. I have been a fan of Rick’s all my adult life, and the man is usually just impossible to photograph. He’s almost always in motion, so 95% of the pix I’ve taken of him over the years are blurry. I’ve more than once joked that he must be a vampire.

Heyo the Jester MC’d so that we (and Rick) could be treated to many a bawdy joke as cast members held a roast, presented a brief “This is Your Life” rip-off, made very touching speeches, and paraded across the stage wearing costumes that Percy’s worn over the years. There was an impersonate Percy contest, too, with the winner decided by who could collect more money from the audience… in his pants. Percy, naturally had to help with the tally. He even got a serenade from The Lost Boys.

And, yes, if you’re thinking that shot looks like a kiss about to happen, you’d be right. In fact, Rick got a great many smooches from other male cast members, at least some of whom I happen to know are straight. And the audience cheered every last one of them with great rollicking enthusiasm.

Congratulations, Rick! Thank you for giving so much of your time and energy to all of us. And, really, sweetie, no matter what Heyo says, in my book, you still look maahvelous!

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Jan 272008

Travian seems innocuous enough at first glance. It’s a war game with a dash of something that tastes a bit like SimCity or Civilization. The graphics are kind of cute, even. You develop your fields. You build your buildings. You train your troops. Slowly, very slowly, over days, you grow. You get raided by larger villages. You raid smaller ones. If you survive, maybe you join an alliance. And off in the distant future (months and months, if you’re playing on a new or newly-rebooted server) the end of the world is coming. Where will you be when it all shakes out in the end?

I’m on both Server 4 and Server 5, if anyone else wants to come and play.

Dec 122007

Well, the new oil burner is being delivered today, which means that we can stop checking the old one every day to make sure it has water in it so that it won’t shut itself off.

Andy took a trip down to Florida over the weekend, to get the stuff we inherited from my father and stepmother organized and itemized as a preliminary step for getting it moved up here.

And while he was gone, I baked nisu. Which is always fun, but it’s a huge, all-day to-do, so I’m a bit pooped still from it.

Also, I’ve found a couple of new online games: Holy War and DragonFable. They’re both browser-based games that you can play for free but that have upgraded pay versions.

Holy War’s a bit slow but it’s fascinating. (One hint if you’re thinking about trying it: you can’t stop working and it happens real-time, so don’t sign up to work 8 hours unless you’re sure that’s what you want.) You can choose to be Christian, Saracen, or Pagan. Guess which one I picked?

And DragonFable is just plain fun. The Flash animations are just too cute and the world is full of wonderfully bad puns.

Nov 142007

Little things like the USB wireless adapter I’ve just gotten — and it is tiny, too, about the size of a portable flash drive.

This particular little thing means that I don’t have to choose whether to sit in my own office, in my comfy desk chair, and use (shudder) dial-up or move into my husband’s office, which is cold and uncomfortable, in order to get into the DSL.

Life is wonderful when your 6-year-old laptop is dying by inches.

But even though its card slots are dead, its CD/DVD drive only works sporadically, its battery no longer holds a charge, its C: drive is always on the verge of being too full, and it occasionally turns itself off for no apparent reason, it’s back to being able to do what I need it to.


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Oct 072007

Yes, I’ve joined Facebook. A few of my coworkers joined recently, and it’s been a topic in some of the admissions meetings I go to, so I broke down and joined.

You know what? I like the fact that you can’t put a horrid, loud background on your profile page and thereby render it completely illegible. Because that is probably my biggest peeve when it comes to MySpace. I like the little modules that you can rearrange as you please. And I really love the quirky little apps that you can add to your profile.

I’m starting to hear from people I knew in high school, too. Which is always cool.

Aug 102007

Yes, this no-wireless thing may turn out to be a long-term problem. Ah, well. I managed for years on dialup before we got DSL. It ain’t pretty, but I’ll live.

We’re shuffling off to Buffalo this weekend to attend a wedding, so I won’t be around until at least Monday.

And we found the cutest gifts for a baby shower I’m going to next weekend! Which I can’t specify, because while I don’t think the mommy-to-be reads this, I can’t be certain.


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Aug 012007

My laptop’s wireless card appears to have died on me. It did this suddenly, without warning, and of course right in the middle of an IM conversation.

I only hope the problem really is the card itself, which can be replaced pretty easily. It’s also possible — and unfortunately rather likely — that the issue is the computer. Poor thing is almost six years old now and dying by inches. The DVD/CD-ROM drive stopped working quite a while back. The battery hasn’t held a proper charge in at least a year. It occasionally likes to just turn itself off, pop: gone. Now this? I wouldn’t put it past the card slots (both of them) to have simply given up the ghost.

Since this reduces me to dialup or sitting in my husband’s office at his really uncomfortable desk, I suspect I won’t be dawdling online much for a bit.

Thank all the forgotten gods that I do have dialup to fall back on — I get it free from my employer, so it didn’t have to be cancelled when we got broadband.